Three Minute Thesis (3MT)
What is the Three Minute Thesis (3MT)?
Your graduate research. 3 minutes. 1 slide.
Every March and April, the University of Toronto hosts the Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®), a competition in which graduate students present their work to a generalist audience in 3 minutes using only one static slide.
Congratulations to Our 2023 3MT Winners and Finalists!
Watch / Listen to the 2023 3MT Winners
3MT in the News
Emily Majaesic with SGS Dean Joshua Barker at the Ontario Regional final held at Queen’s University
2023 3MT Competition Schedule
|Round||Date||Register to Watch|
|U of T Preliminary Heats 1-8||March 6–9, 2023, 3–5 PM ET|
March 13–16, 2023, 3–5 PM ET
|U of T Semi-Finals||March 28–30, 2023, 3–5 PM ET|
|U of T Finals||April 13, 2023, 6–8 PM ET|
|Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS) Competition||April 28, 2023|
|Ontario 3MT Regionals||May 17, 2023|
|National 3MT Showcase||TBA|
|Council of Graduate Studies Showcase||TBA|
Why You Should Participate in the 3MT
Improve your oral presentation skills, profile your research, and learn about our community’s cutting-edge ideas.
- Present your 3MT to generalist audiences at the University of Toronto.
- Winning the University of Toronto 3MT finals will allow you to compete at the provincial level.
- You can even advance to showcase your research at the national level and international level.
Outside of the opportunity to improve your communication skills and showcase your research, 3MT is eligible for the MyGPD program and winning the 3MT also comes with monetary prizes.
Ready to Apply?
Eligibility, Rules, and Judging Criteria
How 3MT Works
Competitors progress from the preliminary heats to the semi-finals and then to the finals. The judges will award first, second, and third place, while the audience’s favourite presentation is awarded the people’s choice.
Competition Levels at a Glance
- University of Toronto level
- This 3MT competition is hosted by the School of Graduate Studies. Competitors begin in the preliminary heats and may advance to the semi-finals and finals.
- Ontario 3MT Showcase
- The winner of the University of Toronto 3MT competes at the Ontario provincial competition, hosted by a different Ontario university each year.
- National 3MT Showcase
- The Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) hosts the top finalists from each of the provincial competitions (Western, Ontario, Eastern) to compete in an online format. The video recordings of the finalists’ presentations are played and judged.
- Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS) Competition
- The winner of the University of Toronto 3MT competes internationally. The NAGS competition brings together the 3MT winners of universities across the provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec, and the American states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, D.C. Competitors present live in front of a panel of judges.
- Council of Graduate Studies Showcase
- The Council of Graduate Studies hosts a North America-wide 3MT showcase with the winners from the southern, western, midwestern, and northeastern regions presenting their 3MT orations and participating in a roundtable discussion. The audience is then given a chance to confer a People’s Choice Award.
Training and Resources
- GCAC Workshop: Strategies for Developing Your 3MT Presentation
by Dr. Cristina D’Amico, 2016 U of T 3MT winner
- Please note: This asynchronous workshop was recorded in 2021. It references a synchronous version of the workshop.
- GCAC Oral Presentation Skills Courses – Courses are available in different formats and for different audiences
- U of T Libraries Workshop: Visual Literacy: Interpreting and Evaluating Images (Maps, Charts, Diagrams, Photographs) for Research and Publishing
- Data Visualization – An Introduction (Part 1 – Theory and Critique)
- Data Visualization – An Introduction (Part 2 – Practice with Tableau)
- Making the Most of Your Three Minutes by Simon Clews, Director, Writing Centre, University of Melbourne
- How to Talk About Your Thesis in 3 Minutes by Inger Mewburn (RMIT)
- Communicating Your Research in Lay Language by Christian A Linte, IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Magazine, May / June 2009
- 3MT Presentation: Now You See It by Rosanna Stevens, ANU TV, 2014
- 3MT: Three Tips to Help You Prepare a Winning Presentation by Rosanna Stevens, ANU TV, 2015